Feeds

RIM flicks open first clamshell BlackBerry

Pearl 8220 unveiled

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

Research In Motion (RIM) has introduced the eagerly awaited BlackBerry Pearl 8220 - its first clamshell handset.

Opening the 8220 reveals is 240 x 320 display - there's a smaller, colour screen on the lid, along with a video-capable, flash- and zoom-fitted two-megapixel camera.

RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8820

RIM's BlackBerry Pearl 8220: you'll... er... flip for it

Alas, it's not a 3G device - cellular connectivity is limited to quad-band GSM/GPRS/Edge, but at least the 8220 has 802.11b/g Wi-Fi on board and can support UMA for routing calls through hotspots rather than carrier networks. It has Bluetooth 2.0 too.

RIM noted the handset's ability to sync up with Apple's iTunes music library. Songs copied to the phone can be stored on Micro SDHC cards of up to 16GB in capacity, the company said.

More serious-minded users can create and edit Microsoft Office docs using DataViz' Documents To Go software, bundled on the 8220. Text can be punched in using RIM's 'one key, two characters' SureType Qwerty keyboard.

There's no on-board GPS pick-up, but the handset does come with RIM's own BlackBerry Maps that can talk to an external GPS dongle and plot routes and read out out directions.

The 8220's removable rechargeable 900mAh battery provides four hours of talk time and over 14 days of standby time, RIM claimed.

RIM didn't name any worldwide carrier partners, but it did say they'll be offering the 8220 this autumn. In the US, T-Mobile has the exclusive.

RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8220 Photo Gallery

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

More from The Register

next story
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Bring back error correction, say Danish 'net boffins
We don't need no steenkin' TCP/IP retransmission and the congestion it causes
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
Telstra to KILL 2G network by end of 2016
GSM now stands for Grave-Seeking-Mobile network
Seeking LTE expert to insert small cells into BT customers' places
Is this the first step to a FON-a-like 4G network?
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.